Proceeding without an attorney

pro se: One who represents oneself in a court proceeding without the assistance of a lawyer.


Pursuant to Local Rule 26.64, this Court requires pro se litigants in all Domestic Relations matters (Divorce, Dissolution, Post-Domestic) to attend a free pro se litigants clinic before filing any documents with the Clerk of Courts. Please contact the Williams County Common Pleas Assignment Commissioner at 419-636-2644 or to make the necessary arrangements to attend the clinic.


The pro se clinic is a training session between Legal Aid of Western Ohio and the participant. The purpose of the clinic is instructional and educational and is not intended as an agreement to retain legal services. The relationship between the parties is that of student and teacher and is not that of attorney and client. The instructions and materials provided relate to Williams County Common Pleas Court and may not be appropriate for use in other Courts. The participant will be required to review and execute an agreement for litigants representing themselves in Court prior to the start of the session.

In the event a participant misplaces the materials provided to them during the pro se clinic, the same are available online at For additional information on representing yourself, please refer to the attached brochure provided by the Ohio Judicial Conference "Representing Yourself"